Pennsylvania

  • January 13, 2017

    Pa. Atty Denied Reargument On $45K Sanction Appeal

    A Pennsylvania attorney who received a nearly $45,000 sanction for sending a purportedly intimidating letter to the employer of an opponent’s expert witness in a medical malpractice case was prevented on Thursday from rearguing an appeal of the sanction to the state’s Superior Court.

  • January 13, 2017

    3rd Circ. To Make Oral Argument Videos Public

    The Third Circuit announced Friday that it will begin posting video recordings of certain oral arguments to its website this month, becoming the second federal appeals court to make videos of oral arguments publicly available.

  • January 13, 2017

    Podhurst Hits Back In Row With NFL Player Estate Over Fees

    Podhurst Orseck PA has urged a Pennsylvania federal court not to invalidate its retainer agreement with the estate of a class representative in the NFL concussion settlement that claims the firm is seeking an unfair recovery, saying it worked for both the class and the individual and deserves its contract-based fees.

  • January 13, 2017

    Actavis, Sandoz Rigged Anesthetic Cream Prices, Union Says

    The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 Benefits Fund on Friday accused Impax Laboratories Inc., Sandoz Inc., Akorn Inc. and Actavis Holdco U.S. Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court of conspiring to raise the price of generic lidocaine-prilocaine, a numbing topical cream.

  • January 13, 2017

    Pa. Frack Spill Ruling Could Dent DEP’s Negotiating Power

    A recent Pennsylvania appellate court ruling that state law does not authorize ongoing penalties for a single waterway leak could dramatically weaken the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s negotiating power when punishing future spills, but the fate of the case likely rests with a reshuffled state Supreme Court lacking a clear record on environmental matters.

  • January 13, 2017

    Health Hires: 7 New Life Sciences, Health Additions

    The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ex-Drinker Biddle Atty Suspended For Overbilling Maxus

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a three-month suspension on a former Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP attorney who inflated his billable hours spent on a matter involving Maxus Energy Corp., leading the company to overpay the firm by nearly $50,000.

  • January 13, 2017

    'Dance Moms' Star, Feds Battle Over Proper Sentencing

    Federal prosecutors and the star of Lifetime's reality television series "Dance Moms," now facing sentencing for hiding assets during bankruptcy proceedings, filed conflicting briefs on Thursday regarding whether or not she intended to block creditors from collecting in full and whether imprisonment is warranted.

  • January 12, 2017

    UPMC Workers Can't Revive Data Breach Suit

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center didn’t have a legal duty to protect employees’ personal information that was stolen in a data breach, a Pennsylvania appeals court held Thursday in a split decision affirming the dismissal of a proposed class action.

  • January 12, 2017

    Coca-Cola Says Ex-Workers Can't Get Win In Data Breach Suit

    Coca-Cola Co. took aim Wednesday at an ex-employee accusing the company of exposing him and fellow staff to identity theft after several dozen company laptops were stolen, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge that, pursuant to an employment contract, it was not obligated to safeguard the worker’s personal information.

  • January 12, 2017

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    3rd Circ. Asks NJ Justices To Weigh In For Fired Atty Case

    The Third Circuit has asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to determine if the state’s municipal charter law allows a governing body to fire a town solicitor who lost the body’s trust and confidence, but didn’t violate the law or ethics rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    Porn-Linked Prosecutors Drop Libel Suit Against Philly Paper

    A pair of former Pennsylvania prosecutors implicated in a scandal over pornographic and other inappropriate material discovered on government email servers have dropped libel claims against a Philadelphia Daily News reporter.

  • January 12, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Let Fattah Dodge Prison During Appeal

    The Third Circuit on Thursday denied a bid by convicted former U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah to avoid prison while he appeals a 10-year sentence for corruption.

  • January 12, 2017

    Penn State Fights Ex-Coach’s Bid For $1.7M In Costs

    Pennsylvania State University urged a judge Wednesday to reject former football coach Mike McQueary’s request for nearly $1.7 million in costs incurred waging a lawsuit that has already earned him more than $12 million over his firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, calling his petition deficient.

  • January 12, 2017

    New Pa. AG Taps Blank Rome Atty, Philly ADA As Deputies

    Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro continued filling out his leadership team Thursday with the announcement that a Blank Rome LLP partner would lead his office’s civil division and the top homicide prosecutor in Philadelphia would lead the criminal division.

  • January 12, 2017

    Helmet Seller Dodges Punitives In Lacrosse Injury Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a sports equipment distributor who was sued over head injuries an All-American high school lacrosse player allegedly suffered from a defectively designed helmet didn't act recklessly and isn't on the hook for penalty damages.

  • January 12, 2017

    Pa. Atty Gets 4 Years For Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

    A Pittsburgh tax attorney was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison by a Pennsylvania federal judge for his failure to pay more than $790,000 in federal employment taxes stemming from his partial ownership of a local ice and soccer sports facility.

  • January 12, 2017

    Multistate Hotel Portfolio Scores $92M In Financing

    A portfolio of four hotels in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia has scored $92 million in financing, according to an announcement on Thursday from Sonnenblick-Eichner Co., which arranged four loans for the 592-room package.

  • January 11, 2017

    Ex-Athlete Slaps Microsoft With IP Suit Over 'Gears Of War'

    Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. have been unlawfully using a former pro wrestler's voice and likeness for a popular avatar in the “Gears of War” video game franchise, according to a trademark suit filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • The Return Of Patent Opinion Letters

    Matthew A. Werber

    Court rulings in the six months since the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo decision reveal a trend — defendants are more incentivized to seek and rely on timely advice from counsel on noninfringement and invalidity. In 2017, more clients will be seeking formal opinion letters and taking remedial actions early on, says Matthew Werber of SpencePC.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Door Closing On 'Unavailability' Insurance Exception: Part 1

    Scott M. Seaman

    Over the last 20 years, policyholders have often tried to use the "unavailability of insurance" exception to counteract the consequences of pro rata allocation, but recent activity suggests that the exception is losing support even in the few jurisdictions that have recognized it, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Sky's The Limit For Public-Private Aerial Transit

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    Aerial tramways have been used in a number of U.S. cities for public transport in recent years. Now, aerial gondola lifts are being considered for moving commuters and tourists in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, and the public-private partnership model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient systems, says Frank Rapoport of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.